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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nagpur Kendra was established in 1970. Since its inception, the Kendra has been managing varied activities as catering to the development of the Schools, managing the Infrastructure requirements, arranging for guest lectures of eminent personalities, demonstration-lectures for Bhavan’s Kalasrjan etc. to name a few.
The Nagpur Kendra manages 9 Bhavan’s Schools (six in Nagpur City, and one each at Wardha, Mouda and Satna. To promote Indian Culture through Dance and Music, it takes care of Bhavan’s Kalasrjan (Academy of Indian Music, Dance and Fine Arts), wherein, in Dance, Bharatnatyam and Kathak are taught, in Music, Hindustani Vocal and Carnatic Music is imparted, and in Instruments, lessons are conducted in Tabla , Mridangam and Sitar.
The Kendra also has its Computer Division i.e. Bhavan’s Gandhi Institute of Computer Education & Information Technology, where Computer Courses are imparted to the economically weaker sections of the society. The Courses are Office Assistant, Desktop Publishing and Account Assistant Course, which have a three- month’s duration. A session of Personality Development Module is also conducted at the Institute to groom the students with Interview Techniques and Group Discussion, which help them in securing jobs.
The Bhavan’s Centre for Human Excellence is also an added feature, through which Guest Lectures and Interactive Sessions on latest trends in Education Policy, Maintaining a Healthy Life, Science Awareness Programmes, Workshop on Quality Education etc. are held.
The Kendra also conducts the Saral Sanskrit Examination every year under the aegis of Saral Sanskrit Examinations Department, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, wherein an average of 300 students give the exam, and are awarded certificates.
The Sanskrit Examinations are held for Balbodh, Prarambh, Pravesh, Parichay and Kovid.
NEWS & EVENTS
Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Koradi witnessed the cultural extravaganza ‘Manthan-2022’ spread over a week. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr. Dilip Ghosh, Director Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur. It was a five day grand pageant involving thoughts, ideas, team work, coordination, talent, hard work, perseverance, leadership and creativity. On the first day the moppets of Bal Bhavan put up an array of performances depicting different aspects of Unity in Diversity. Dancing Dazzles, Krishna Leela, Fashion Show and many more performances showcased the talents of the young Bhavanites. The stellar event ‘Fam-Jam’ had the parents and kids of Nursery share the stage and express their bonding and unconditional love.
Over the next four days, the Vidya Mandir squad took part in the inter-house competitions and performed Invocation Dance, Instrumental Performance, English Drama on a social theme, Folk Dance, Qawali, and a Unique Item.
The Chief Guest for the Valedictory Function was Dr.Pankaj Chande Former Vice-Chancellor of Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek and Executive Committee Member, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nagpur Kendra, Nagpur.
The prize-winners of various Intra house and Inter house events were felicitated at the hands of the Chief Guest and Executive Members of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nagpur Kendra. The judges who graced the occasion were renowned personalities from various genres.
Baldarbar-2022—the Mega Children’s Drama Festival was organised by the Kendra at Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Auditorium, Civil Lines, Nagpur, from December 13-17, 2022. During this festival about 600 students from 30 schools (State & CBSE) of Nagpur and adjoining Nagpur participated. The competition was spread over five days, and the concluding function of valediction and prize distribution took place on December 17, 2022. Cash prizes, mementos and certificates were presented to the winners and participating schools.
The festival was inaugurated by Shri Sanjay Puri, (IRS), Principal Director General (Training), National Academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur.
The plays were judged by renowned artists Shri Sameer Hejib, Smt. Shweta Patki and Shri Nikhil Tongle. Shri Samir Pandit, the co-ordinator of Baldarbar, gave his valuable guidance which helped the event in becoming a grand success.
The plays which made a mark in the festival for Drama Production were:
1. “Vidya Vinyen Shobhate” by School of Scholars, Beltarodi, Nagpur
2. “Man Shuddha Tujha” by Tip Top Convent, Nagpur
3. “Aapulkicha Zhara” by Bharti Krishna Vidya Vihar, Nagpur.
Award for Notable Performance (Lakshavedhi Ekankika) were also presented to:
1. Atulesh Convent High School, Nagpur, for their play “Kuch To Log Kahenge”.
2. St. Ursula Girl’s High School, Nagpur, for their play “Gyandeep”.
All Bhavan’s Schools also made their mark in various categories viz. sound effects, lighting, direction, script writing, best set, acting (female) and acting (male). Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Ashti, Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Srikrishna Nagar and Bhavan’s Lloyds Vidya Niketan, Wardha, won the maximum numbers of prizes in the above categories.
The formal inauguration of the sixth school of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at Chinchbhuvan, Nagpur, took place at the hands of Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis and Guest of Honour, Shri Chandrashekhar Bawankule, MLC, Former Cabinet Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra on September 22, 2022. Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Hon’ble Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh, Trustee, Vice President, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, presided over this function.
The programme started with the unveiling of the Goddess Saraswati idol and the inaugural stone by Shri Devendra Fadnavis, followed by ‘Sarvadharma’ prayer.
While addressing the gathering, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Devendra Fadnavis proudly announced that Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is playing a pivotal role in nurturing its students to become cultured and well-rounded personalities globally. He expounded that the Bhavan is bringing about a revolution in the field of education where values are fostered and ethics are imbibed. He also opined that students who have studied at this reputed institution are not just literates but holistically groomed personalities who are able to express themselves fearlessly, carve a niche for themselves and help in creating an exemplary society in the future.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Centre for Human Excellence, Nagpur organised a three day workshop from July 21 to July 23, 2022 on the topic “Teaching Primary Children – Emerging New Perspective” for all the teachers handling Primary Classes in the eight Bhavan’s Schools under Nagpur Kendra. The workshop was conducted by Shri G. Balasubramanian, Former Director, Academics CBSE. The objective of the Workshop was to help the teachers to establish healthy classroom environment, create effective teaching styles by adopting different pedagogies to enhance teaching and learning and to inculcate holistic development for pre-primary children.
While briefing the teachers Shri Subramanian stated that the process of education is to make the brain smarter and not stronger. Therefore, a pre-primary teacher should create an environment for learning, should not be judgmental and should accept the children as they are. He opined that facial expressions, eye-contact, hugging and touching play an important role in pre-primary education, and hence, self-help, skill development and story-telling should be essentially included in pre-primary education.
Senior Advocate Shri Krishnarao Hariharrao Deshpande, one of the pillars of strength of Bhavan’s Nagpur Kendra left for his heavenly abode on March 25, 2022, at the age of 94 years.
Shri Deshpande, a legal luminary and noted scholar, started practicing Law in 1953 at Akola. After a few years, he shifted to Amravati and thereafter to Nagpur, and started practicing at Bombay High Court. A doyen of Bar, he was conferred with the designation of Senior Advocate by the Bombay High Court in 1977. He was fondly referred to as ‘Bhishma Pitahmah’ of the Nagpur Bench, and was gifted with razor sharp memory, wit, legal acumen and ability to interpret the law and handle any complex situation
A senior Kendra Committee Member of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nagpur Kendra, Shri Deshpande was associated with the Bhavan since four decades, giving valuable advice on legal matters pertaining to
the smooth functioning and development of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nagpur Kendra.
Shri Deshpande had participated in the Freedom Struggle too. He was an active congress worker and was arrested in June 1942 for distributing literature regarding Quit India Movement against the British.
He was a highly respected legal luminary, and had authored commentaries on Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads and several books on spirituality titled ‘Shri-Geetarthabodh’, ‘Chandev-Chalisi’ and ‘Dakshina-Murti’, to name a few. He was conferred with the title of ‘Tattvajna Vibhushana’ by Kavi Kulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek.
Sr. Advocate K. H. Deshpande is survived by his wife Usha, sons Justice Ravi K. Deshpande, (Retd.), and Rajeev Deshpande, (C.A.), daughter Sneha Pangarkar and grandchildren. May God give strength to his family to bear the irreparable loss, and may his soul rest in eternal peace.